Appeal Of European Equities Gains Momentum

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by: Invesco US

Summary

With downside risk in the U.S. increasing and Europe likely to benefit from further progress in its recovery, I believe European equities currently appear more attractive than their U.S. counterparts.

By Rick Golod

US equities enjoyed a solid run of outperformance over European equities in 2013 and January 2014, but the dynamics seem to be shifting. In fact, I think the US' ongoing leadership looks questionable, as discussed in my most recent commentary, "Can the US Continue to Lead Global Equities?"

As Europe appears to be following the US' script for recovery, I believe the region currently offers attractive upside potential.Click to enlarge

To read more about how these views fit into my broader global equity outlook, click here.

1 Source: Bloomberg LP, April 10, 2014

2 Source: Bloomberg LP, May 13, 2014

3 Source: Bloomberg LP, May 19, 2014

4 Source: Bloomberg LP, May 12, 2014

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The European Central Bank (ECB) is the central bank responsible for the monetary policy of the European Union.

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The MSCI Europe Index is a free-float-adjusted market-capitalization-weighted index designed to measure the equity market performance of the developed markets in Europe.

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